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Grant to help police combat underage drinking

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW) - Law enforcement officers in La Crosse County have received an almost $200,000 grant to help combat underage drinking.

The grant will be doled out over a four-year period.

It comes from the "Sober Truth On Preventing underage drinking" - or "STOP" organization.

One initiative the grant will help fund will be a crack down on checking with local businesses that they're not serving alcohol to minors.

"Kinda like a secret shopper if you wanna say it like that. And then the party patrols are extra patrols on the street that are specifically looking for underage alcohol violations.

The second tier to it is that we want to work with local universities and colleges.

And provide some training to help the students make good decisions when it comes to alcohol use" explained Onalaska officer Jasson Jobe.

Police say also in the works is an initiative increasing penalties for adults who provide liquor to underage-ers.

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